Since the Epic v. Apple trial is a peer review, the jury will not attempt to make a decision. Instead, it is up to the judge to do so. As a result, everything the judge says or does during the trial is carefully examined to see if it is possible to see in which direction the judge is leaning.
Epic CEO Tim Sweeney was in the courtroom today
The rule changes that Judge Gonzalez Rogers could force on Apple would apply to all sorts of applications, not just Epic’s popular Fortnite game. The judge put pressure on Epic CEO Sweeney and asked him if he knew the economics of other apps, such as dating apps, messaging apps, and food apps, to which the manager responded in the negative.
“So you have no idea how your request could affect developers participating in these other application categories, is that right?” Judge Gonzalez Rogers asked. “Not personally,” Epic’s CEO replied.
Perhaps one of the worst exchanges for Epic came on Tuesday when a judge asked Sweeney if the real reason Epic wants to get rid of Apple’s restrictive in-app payment rules is whether to allow Fortnite’s younger fan base to make “impulse purchases”. The manager responded in the affirmative, adding that “customer comfort is a huge factor here.
Sweeney replied that “it was not a very attractive option for our customers. Sweeney told him.” It’s very tricky to put Fortnite aside and pull the device off, browse the website, log in, make an event there. ”
If the judge comes to the conclusion that Epic had a circumvention of Apple tax without breaking Apple’s rules and that the game developer was simply interested in impulse purchases made by children, winning the case will be very difficult for the game developer.